“Levon Ter-Petrosian’s entry into politics is literally politicizing Armenia’s political life,” writes “Zhamanak Yerevan.” “That is, it makes the Dashnak a Dashnak, the Communist a Communist, the AZhM member and an AZhM member and so on. Ter-Petrosian’s entry into politics is also an answer to the question of whether there is opposition in Armenia. The first president makes the opposition’s existence real.”
“Generally speaking, many of us do not correctly understand the president’s functions,” writes “Aravot.” “Sometimes it seems to many of us that the president should solve our personal social problems. Pinning no hope on local governments and condominiums, people count on the king’s mercy. The acting president also thinks with this logic. It is no accident that while presenting his track record he takes pride in water mains, roads and buildings constructed during his rule.” The paper believes that it takes at least a decade to judge a particular president’s accomplishments.
Karen Karapetian, the parliamentary leader of the ruling Republican Party (HHK), assures “Hayots Ashkhar” that the Armenian authorities are successfully addressing “many vicious phenomena” like corruption and tax evasion. He says at the same time that the results of their stated crackdowns on corruption are “not satisfactory.” “But revolutionary solutions here can be not only ineffective but even harmful,” concludes Karapetian.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” blasts Armenian TV channels’ negative reaction to Ter-Petrosian’s speech and says none of them refuted specific allegations made by the former president. “For example, nobody has refuted the allegation that the government system is corrupt from top to down,” says the pro-Ter-Petrosian paper. “Only one or two people have mumbled that ‘all of this happened also during your rule.’”
In a story headlined “Panic,” “Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that Deputy Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian has closed two of his local bank accounts that “contained large sums.” The paper portrays this as a further indication that the authorities are really worried about Ter-Petrosian’s return to power. It notes that Abrahamian was among several individuals whom Ter-Petrosian described as the leaders of the Armenian “gangster state.”